Race is on for Nunavik competitors at Arctic Winter Games

Competing for Team Nunavik in the male under-20 100-metre snowshoeing competition Wednesday at the Arctic Winter Games, Mosusie Usuituayuk, at far left, recovers from a stumble at the start while Samwillie Tullaugak, wearing No. 7, runs with the pack. The Games opened Sunday in Wood Buffalo, Alta., and wrap up on Feb. 4. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Put a pin in it

The most coveted souvenirs at the Arctic Winter Games are not T-shirts or toques, but trading pins. And when athletes and spectators want to add to their collections, they go see the pin lady, Janet Pacey. Pacey said she got hooked on pin trading years ago and has been bringing her massive pin collection to Arctic Winter Games throughout the years. It’s a popular attraction at the Games: the goal is to collect pins from other competing regions and add to your set. “Some kids come here 10 times a day [to get new pins,]” Pacey laughed. “It’s a lot of fun.” The Games opened Sunday in Wood Buffalo, Alta., and wrap up Feb. 4. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Skating away with a win

Kadin Eetuk of Rankin Inlet, wearing No. 16 for Team Nunavut, chases the puck in the male under-19 hockey game against Team Yukon on Monday at MacDonald Island Park at the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. Team Nunavut skated away with a 2-1 victory on goals from Terence Pilakapsi and Sandy Tattuinee. Garren Voisey picked up an assist for Nunavut. The under-19 male team has a record of one win and one loss after falling 6-3 Monday against Alberta North, before heading into a game late Tuesday against Alaska. Nunavut also has male under-15 and female under-20 hockey teams competing at the Games. Full results are posted on the Games website. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Ready, set, jump!

Naja Pearce, of Iqaluit, attempts the two-foot high kick in Arctic Sports at the Arctic Winter Games on Monday. The Arctic Sports events are being held at MacDonald Island Park in Wood Buffalo, Alta.., each day this week and are drawing big crowds. Pearce is competing at her second Arctic Winter Games and is the only female member of Nunavut’s Arctic Sports team. The Arctic Winter Games, hosted by Wood Buffalo, opened Sunday and wrap up Feb. 4. (Photos by Madalyn Howitt)